Winter Family Fest returns on Family Day

By Bruce Peever

Posted on Thursday, February 15, 2018

Exorcise those February blahs with the sixth annual Winter Family Festival coming up on Monday.

Staff with Personnel Support Programs (PSP) at Garrison Petawawa have scheduled a wide range of winter carnival events to entertain the entire family. The fun begins on Monday, Feb. 19 starting at 4 p.m. and ending approximately two hours later with a big fireworks display. As always all events, refreshments and giveaways are free.

There are several new activities this year including horse-drawn sleigh rides with two sleighs in service from 4 to 5:30 p.m. You can embrace your inner Big Joe Mufferaw, Ottawa Valley lumberjack legend, with some axe throwing. For the kids, PAZ will be showcasing two shows on the main stage.

Skating this year will be indoors at the Silver Dart Arena from 1 to 6 p.m. with free hot chocolate at the canteen. As always, the highly popular snow hills, bonfire and showshoeing return as crowd favourites. The Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre (PMFRC) is back with several events for younger children.

All of this leads up to a massive fireworks display at 6:15 p.m.

Again this year Dreams Catering and CANEX will team up to provide free hot dogs, chili, soup and hot chocolate served up by senior PSP staff.

Organizers are grateful for financial assistance from CANEX and SISIP Financial. Helping out PSP staff that evening will be volunteers from SISIP, CANEX and the PMFRC.